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I’m very excited to share my latest release, THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER, the heartbreaking and inspiring story of Tallulah James, a young Mississippi girl in an ever-increasingly dysfunctional family. As with WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD and THE FLYING CIRCUS, this book will provide great discussion material for book clubs.
Booklist starred review for THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER. “Crandall (The Flying Circus, 2015) explores both the long-lasting effects of family dysfunction and the strength it takes to move beyond childhood trauma in this compelling, atmospheric coming-of-age story ideal for fans of southern women’s fiction by Sue Monk Kidd and Karen White.”— Nanette Donohue
“Beautiful, stark and heartbreaking, THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER by Susan Crandall dares to examine the idea of what happens from one generation to another when family members keep secrets to themselves rather than sharing them with others, and the consequences are tragic in terms of effects on family members as they each begin to wrestle with their own fears and desires in realistic ways.” –Fresh Fiction
“In The Myth of Perpetual Summer, Susan Crandall introduces us to Tallulah James, a woman who fled her the tragedies of her Southern childhood only to be drawn back to save the brother she left behind. Crandall, long known as a master for her works such as Whistling Past the Graveyard, blends with virtuoso skill the themes of loss and redemption, love and hope, while answering the question we all ask ourselves: Can we indeed go home again? Fans of Joshilyn Jackson should run for this stunner of a book.” – Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale
“Beneath the boiling sun of small-town Mississippi, the remarkable life of Tallulah James unravels to expose profound family dysfunction, lies, and long-buried secrets. A coming-of-age story filled with heartbreak and hope that proves the only way into the future is to face the past.” – Beth Hoffman, New York Times and internationally best-selling author of Looking for Me
“Beautifully written and deeply satisfying. A heartfelt story of love, loss, and the twists and turns a life can take. Susan Crandall once again delivers a character you’ll root for on a journey you won’t soon forget.” – Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of Best Beach Ever
“The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a fully imagined coming-of-age novel both heartbreaking and inspiring. Tallulah James is as endearing as she is indelible, a worthy heroine to anchor this story of family dysfunction, social unrest, and a girl’s journey to womanhood. Susan Crandall has done it again, and this stunning book is sure to attract fans of The Glass Castle as well as readers everywhere looking for a remarkable story of hope, perseverance, and the enduring power of family.” – Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Falling
“The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a wonderfully crafted, poignant, and absorbing novel.” – Mary Ellen Taylor, author of The Union Street Bakery
“A gorgeously-crafted story of a young women caught between the old South and new, her bohemian upbringing and the old guard, and finally between the lies that destroyed a family and the truth that will stitch them back together. The Perpetual Myth of Summer is the kind of luminous, immersive book that will haunt you days after you’ve finished reading.” – Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
“Family secrets, town gossip, and a glass of sweet tea make for the most delicious of Southern tales! Susan Crandall takes us on another spell-binding ride to small-town Mississippi and straight into the heart of Tallulah James who loves her family no matter how flawed or broken.” – Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen